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Vivian Liddell show at Eyedrum finds inspiration in famed Grieg musical suite
Atlanta, Georgia, June 3, 2017 — In the Hall of the Mountain King, a solo exhibition of sculptures, monotypes, and mixed-media paintings by Vivian Liddell, uses Edvard Grieg’s musical composition for the Henrik Ibsen play Peer Gynt as a starting structure. Liddell explores her family dynamics and connections to Danish folklore, as they relate to patriarchy, power, religion, and the American South. The show includes an audio accompaniment.
The paintings and monotypes start with staining. This formal process folds in narrative through the use of seemingly haphazardly embroidered fabric collage and the addition of materials typically associated with “bad” crafts, such as googly eyes, hook rugs, and macramé. Some of the paintings sprout 3-D elements made of soft sculpture, or they sit on the floor rather than hanging on the wall, playfully straddling the line between painting and sculpture.
Visitors to the show first encounter a soft-sculpture troll, whose silhouette is embroidered on the painting it stands before—immediately confronting viewers’ relationship to painting by humorous proxy, and inviting viewers to drop their art-related anxiety on the way in. Through narrative and through use of overtly feminist materials, Liddell’s work is both accessible and combative.
An opening reception (with Sno Cones!) for In the Hall of the Mountain King is set for 7 - 10 pm Saturday, July 15; the exhibition is to remain on view through August 5; the artist will celebrate her birthday during a closing reception slated for 7 - 9 pm Saturday, August 5. Vivian Liddell is available for interview. Images for this exhibition are available upon request.
This program is supported in part by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs of the City of Atlanta.
Eyedrum operates with the generous support of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and Fulton County Arts and Culture.
Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery is a nonprofit artist-run collective, based in Atlanta, that fosters the experimental and avant-garde across disciplines to create opportunities for dialogue, collaboration, and growth in the contemporary art community.